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Jacobs GN&C Docking Systems Engineer - Gateway in Houston, Texas

GN&C Docking Systems Engineer - Gateway


Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration. From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway.

We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!


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We are currently in need of a GNC Docking Engineer - Gateway to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

As a GNC Docking Engineer - Gateway you will:

  • Be part of the GN&C system development, simulation and math modeling, and performance analysis for Deep Space Gateway rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking (RPOD) operations.

  • Assist in the development, verification and validation of GN&C RPOD algorithms and system architecture for Gateway RPOD operations.

  • Provide support of a RPOD man-in-the-loop capability.

  • Support the development, verification, and integration of Gateway 6-DOF docking simulations and associated math models.

  • Participate in the analysis of Orion RPOD on-orbit operations in an integrated GN&C environment.

  • Identify and resolve GN&C performance related issues and assist others in the resolution of issues.

  • Formally document the results of all V&V and analysis activities.

  • Directly interact with the NASA customer along with various NASA support contractors.

  • Perform other job duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • Experience developing GN&C algorithms and analyzing system performance for spacecraft in an integrated GN&C environment.

  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating simulation math models.Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a team environment consisting of NASA civil servants and various contractor employees.


  • MS in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on GN&C, flight controls, orbital mechanics.

  • Familiarity with Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking flight operations and procedures.

  • Direct experience with LINUX, Python, C .

  • Expertise with MATLAB and Simulink tool boxes.

  • Experience with the NASA/JSC TRICK simulation architecture and GIT configuration management tool.

Why Work for Jacobs?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We look forward to seeing you!

See What We Do

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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit http://www.wehavespaceforyou.com/ .

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Job Aerospace

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: AER0004FP